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Drink up - Water on the Moon 08/10/2013 13:15:36

Drink up - Water on the Moon
It seems they have discovered reasonable evidence for water on the moon within rocks heaved up from the interior of the moon by asteroid collisions.

Now what are we going to do with it? I'd much rather see us invest a few billion in moon exlporation than on wars and bombs.

What could possibly go wrong? 08/04/2013 18:15:36

What could possibly go wrong?
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists are to create mutant forms of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has emerged in China so they can gauge the risk of it becoming a lethal human pandemic.

The genetic modification work will to result in highly transmissible and deadly forms of H7N9 being made in several high security laboratories around the world, but it is vital to prepare for the threat, the scientists say.

The new bird flu virus, which was unknown in humans until February, has already infected at least 133 people in China and Taiwan, killing 43 of them, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data.

Announcing plans to start the controversial experiments, leading virologists Ron Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka said H7N9's pandemic risk would rise "exponentially" if it gained the ability to spread easily among people.

Right. So let's give it abig helping hand by doing some mutations of the virus. No downbside risk there is there?

Sun's magnetic field "is about to flip", warns NASA 08/03/2013 02:08:51

Sun's magnetic field "is about to flip", warns NASA
Pretty interesting article and phenomenon, but what really caught my attention was that one pole is "flipping" before the other.

We need a physicist or astronomer type to step in here and explain how that works. It sounds like a magnet with two poles the same, which seems "impossible" doesn't it?

Case of H3N2v flu reported in northern Illinois 08/02/2013 19:02:36

Case of H3N2v flu reported in northern Illinois
Precautions are advised though there has been no inidcation it is being passed animal to human. yet.
? Don't take food or drinks into animal areas or eat, drink or put anything into your mouth while visiting animal areas.? Don't take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles and strollers into animal areas.? Avoid close contact with animals, especially swine.? Avoid contact with animals if you have influenza-like symptoms.? Caution should be used in visiting animal areas for anyone with an underlying health condition, who is pregnant, who is younger than age 5 or older than 65.
All good common sense advice in general!

Men more likley to be struck by lightning???? 07/31/2013 21:23:21

Men more likley to be struck by lightning????
What's up with that? We already have so many strikes against us.

Fresh water from Saltwater without a filter 07/21/2013 06:33:21

Fresh water from Saltwater without a filter
This is easily the weekends coolest innovation. Basically ionizing water in such a way that the "salty" water is routed down one tiny tube and water without the ionized salt goes down another.

No filter to clog or need replacing and it requires very little power.
Of course you'll need a LOT of these littel gadgets since the tubes are only 22 microns wide. But still....

Climate Change May Stop Invasive Ant Cold 07/21/2013 00:40:21

Climate Change May Stop Invasive Ant Cold
FINALLY! How many news articles and horror movies have we endured where the ants always win? Victory is ours!

post by science 05/05/2013 03:54:19

Call the Village "HOPE"
Wow. It's these kinds of stories we need to see each night when we get home, tired, after a hard days work. Not the latest BS story out of washington involving wealthy old white men.

post by science 05/04/2013 19:34:49

Mercury has Ice - Lots of it!
New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar crater

How awesome is that? You can cook on one side and freeze on the other.

post by science 05/02/2013 20:05:19

rare planetary alignment
maybe start looking for the horsemen of the apocalypse ... or maybe it is a sign of good times ahead.

Planetary alignment that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza. Once every 2737 years.

post by science 04/14/2013 13:31:34

50-Million-Year-Old Redwood Chunk Found in Diamond Mine
Diamonds are not something you associate with the pacific (or Canadian interior) area at all, but ... we all learn new things
The wood was found a few years ago in a kimberlite pipe, named the Panda pipe, over 1,000 feet (315 meters) below Earth's surface at the Ekati diamond mine, just south of the Arctic Circle in Canada's Northwest Territories, the researchers say. A kimberlite pipe, a type of volcanic pipe, forms when kimberlite magma pushes through deep fractures in the Earth's crust to create a vertical tubelike structure that's wider at the top like a carrot. Kimberlites have the deepest origins of all magmas on Earth and when they cool, they leave behind rocks dense in crystals, sometimes holding diamonds.

The researchers, who report their findings in a Sept. 19 paper in the journal PLoS ONE, say the site of the Panda pipe was covered with a forest of Metasequoia, similar to today's dawn redwoods, during the early Eocene. The kimberlite eruption that occurred there about 53.3 million years ago opened a hole in the Earth's surface, sucking in some of those redwoods. Lead author of the study Alex Wolfe of the University of Alberta explained that open space along the side of this hole allowed the trees to tumble far inside. "Then it cooled, and the wood was locked in the volcanic rock,"

read more. it's interesting

post by science 04/12/2013 05:19:04

Aging Mars rover discovers geological mystery
NASA?s Opportunity rover, older brother to the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars last month, has made a new discovery that geologists find both puzzling and exciting, the US space agency said Friday.

Opportunity, which has been on the Red Planet since 2004, has come across an outcrop of tiny spheres ? up to around an eighth of an inch (three millimeters) in diameter ? the likes of which scientists have never seen before.

?This is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission,? said Opportunity?s principal investigator, Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
?We never have seen such a dense accumulation of spherules in a rock outcrop on Mars,? he added, in a statement.

At first glance, the researchers thought the objects resembled iron-rich spheres, nicknamed ?blueberries,? discovered near the Opportunity landing site.

The so-called Martian blueberries are formed when minerals separate from water and become hard masses inside sedimentary blocks ? they?re part of the evidence Mars used to be wet.

But closer investigation revealed the new discoveries are ?different in concentration. They are different in structure. They are different in composition. They are different in distribution,? Squyres said.

post by science 04/11/2013 20:18:49

This evening, an asteroid the length of three football fields will buzz by Earth at a rate of 7 miles per second.

The asteroid called 2012 QG42 is about to get its close-up.

A month ago, scientists weren't even aware it existed. But it's now on the radar, and viewers can watch it pass by Earth from the convenience of the Web. No astronomy lessons necessary.

Although tonight's flyby is harmless, the asteroid has been named "potentially hazardous" by the Minor Planet Center. That means it's not dangerous, at least not yet. But it could pose problems in the future.

Meanwhile, this close encounter with the space rock will be a comfortable seven and a half times the distance to the moon?1.8 million miles to us Earth-bound folk?at its closest to us, which will be this evening.
The asteroid won't be viewable by the naked eye or low-powered telescope.

Nuts. I thought it would be close

post by science 04/08/2013 19:22:04

Voyager 1 Spacecraft Farther From Solar System's Edge Than Thought
Voyager 1 launched 35 years ago today, September 5. It's still working, still controllable by Nasa, along with Voyager 2.

Voyager 1, which left Earth on Sept. 5, 1977, is about 11.3 billion miles (18.2 billion kilometers) from the sun. Meanwhile, Voyager 2, which launched 16 days earlier on a longer trajectory, is approximately 9.3 billion miles (14.9 billion km) from the sun.

Now that's getting some performance out of a piece of equipment. No repairs, no replaced batteries. It's almost impossible to picture in todays' throw away wiorld.

post by science 04/08/2013 10:05:04

Northern Lights Blaze Up After Big Sun Storm
I've been in northern Alaska in the dead of winter and have to say that teh Aurora/northern lights are unwordly. They should be on your bucket list.

Standing around on the side of a road in your running gear when it's 20 below....priceless (and a tad painful in places unmentionable)

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